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[roh-mee-oh] /ˈroʊ miˌoʊ/
the romantic lover of Juliet in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
any man who is preoccupied with or has a reputation for amatory success with women.
a lover:
She found her Romeo at a charity ball.
(used in communications to represent the letter R.)
a male given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In the same way Romeo turns from Rosaline to Juliet at first sight.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • Romeo and Juliet was to be performed in the afternoon, and Julius Caesar in the evening.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • She did not stand at the end of the road waiting for Romeo to come to her.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • There was a copy of Romeo and Juliet perched on top of a pile of books.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • What sort of lover would Romeo have been had he lived on a diet of lentils?

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
British Dictionary definitions for Romeo


(pl) -os. an ardent male lover
(communications) a code word for the letter r
Word Origin
from the hero of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (1594)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Romeo

"a lover, passionate admirer, seducer of women," 1766, from the name of the hero in Shakespeare's tragedy "Romeo and Juliet" (1590s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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